Schools Connect

Sustainable AAC in the Public School Setting: An Interdisciplinary Approach (SC05)

Friday, July 20
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Room 310
CE: 0.15 ASHA CEUs/1.5 PDHs

This session is for the in-person event only and is not available with Connect On-Demand.

This session is eligible for Pennsylvania Act 48 professional education hours.

Effective provision of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in the public school setting is challenging. Practitioners face issues such as pre-service education of staff, building capacity through professional development, equipment issues, and finding administrative support. This session will use case studies from a large urban school district as a basis for exploring a variety of strategies to support interprofessional collaboration to promote sustainable assistive technology services.

Learning Objectives:

Nicole Dupre, MS, CCC-SLP

Assistive Technology Team Lead
Houston Independent School District

Nicole Dupre, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist serving as the Assistive Technology Team lead in the Houston Independent School District (ISD) Office of Special Education Services. In 2014, the Houston ISD Assistive Technology Team was the recipient of the McLean Yoder Award for Professional Excellence by the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities. In her role, Dupre has facilitated a program to increase instructional rigor for students with multiple impairments using interprofessional education and interprofessional practice. She is the coordinator for ASHA's Special Interest Group 12 for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and is serving on a committee to petition ASHA for specialty certification in the area of AAC. She has spoken at the local, state, and national levels about sustainability of AAC and assistive technology services in the public schools.

Financial Disclosures: Employee of Houston Independent School District; financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures: Coordinator of ASHA's SIG 12 (AAC)

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